The Nation: In Hallowed Halls

THE PLACE OF JUSTICE IS A HALLOWED PLACE. Not far from where that motto is displayed in the Justice Department's Washington headquarters, a new portrait was unveiled last week. The likeness was that of Richard Kleindienst, the first Attorney General ever to be convicted of a crime. A casualty of Watergate, he had pleaded guilty to testifying falsely before a U.S. Senate committee.

No mention of Kleindienst's conviction was made in the low-key 15-minute ceremony. It was clear that the department was trying to routinely follow its practice of displaying the portraits of all...

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